Last weekend in Los Angeles a group of us assembled for "Superheroes and Shawarma," a get together I suggested after being inspired by the shawarma joke in the Avengers movie.
If you don't know what shawarma is, it's meat grilled on a spit and served by slicing it off and enclosing in pita. The word shawarma is arabic in origin. Shawarma is similar to doner kebab (Turkish), gyros (Greek) and tarna (Armenian).
HERE BE AVENGERS SPOILERS: In The Avengers, Tony Stark jokes about going out for shawarma after an epic battle. It's a funny, throwaway joke that gets a good laugh, but what makes the Avengers/Shawarma thing so awesome - and so Joss Whedon - is that the cast re-assembled just a few weeks before the US release to create a bonus scene at the very end of the credits showing the team eating shawarma together. Entertainment Weekly has a detailed account of how they did this if you like that sort of stuff (I do), an article I first learned about from the excellent Whedonesque website. With The Avengers setting box office records, surely shawarma was in the hearts and minds of many moviegoers, but would it be in their tummies? According to the Huffington Post, shawarma stands are seeing an "Avengers bump."
So, a gathering for the movie followed by shawarma consumption seemed in order, and I do enjoy movies as a communal activity. We had a gang of 16 or so for the movie, and a handful more joined afterward for the shawarma party at Pita Kitchen in Sherman Oaks.
Anne eats a non-shawarma sandwich.
We actually took over the entire inside section of the restaurant and nearly spilled out onto the sidewalk seating. The shawarma was quite good here and the guys working there didn't seem to think we were weirdos, so I'm assuming they have gotten used to gatherings of nerds by now.
I learned that the actual place they used for filming the scene is Elat Burger on Pico (via a tweet from Edgar Wright, see below), so perhaps another outing is in order. Though, word is that their shawarma is a bit dry.
Anyone else go out for shawarma because of The Avengers movie?